Friday, April 8, 2011

Gadaffi loyalists try to muzzle foreign press

More than 70 attacks on the media covering the war in Libya have been committed since revolutionary fervor hit the oil rich North African country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which is keeping a log, linked here

These include “two fatalities, a gunshot injury, 41 detentions, 11 assaults, two attacks on news facilities, and the jamming of Al Jazeera and Al Hurra transmissions,” the committee stated. Additionally, “at least six local journalists are missing amid speculation they are in the custody of security forces.” Others from 20 different news organizations have been deported , despite an official "invitation" to be accredited in Tripoli. Two American freelance journalists and two photographers were grabbed today. James Foley, of the GlobalPost, Clare Morgana Gillis, an American freelancer writing for The Atlantic; Manu Brabo, a Spanish photographer; and Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer are believed to be held prisoner by loyalists.

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